Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Image 2 of 15Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Beam, HandrailCasa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - BeamCasa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - BeamCasa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - More Images+ 10

  • Design Team : Giovanni Traverso, Paola Vighy
  • City : Vicenza
  • Country : Italy
More SpecsLess Specs

ON THE 12TH CENTURY WALLS

The Ceschi House leans against the 12th century walls of the city of Vicenza. The architects have “listened” to the existing building carefully: restoring the original walls using traditional techniques, while developing the interior as an independent project which allowed the redistribution of the inner spaces in a functional manner.

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Image 2 of 15
© Alessandra Chemollo

RESTORATION AND SUSTAINABILITY 

The vision of the restoration as a quest for sustainability has been pursued in the broadest sense of the term, including technical, economic and energy issues. The aim was to create a lightweight structure, that has a character of reversibility, built with high-tech systems, which allowed a period of prefabrication, and streamlining of the implementation and installation phases.

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Beam
© Alessandra Chemollo

A NEW LARCH SKELETON 

In the restoration of the Ceschi house, a new structure was designed to fit inside the existing empty walls: a skeleton of laminated larch wood which extends the full height of the building, defining its distribution and establishing a collaborative relationship with the container characterized by an outstanding anti-seismic performance.

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Beam, Handrail
© Alessandra Chemollo

The new structure makes no alterations to the exterior load-bearing walls, but replaces the structural function of existing internal partitions with a lightweight frame system. All the elements which make up the structure were prefabricated, enabling a high level of precision in survey, design and execution.

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Windows, Bathroom, Bathtub
© Alessandra Chemollo

NATURAL MATERIALS AND LOW ENERGY

For the thermal insulation of the building, which has been classified as class A, a system of insulating panels were set inside the existing masonry walls, consisting of multilayer insulation laid on a wood and compressed earth panels.

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Beam, Handrail
© Alessandra Chemollo

These compressed earth panels have high thermal mass and regulate the humidity of the internal environment, making a marked improvement in the heating and cooling performance of the building, and the level of comfort and well-being of its inhabitants.

Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti - Windows, Facade
© Alessandra Chemollo

DAYLIGHT AND TRANSPARENCY 

Plan

In the interior glass is used for its diffusive character both on structural solutions and for interior design: the natural light which flows from the outside is filtered by both horizontal and vertical glass surfaces, creating a sense of continuity between the spaces.

Project gallery

See allShow less
About this office
Cite: "Casa Ceschi / traverso-vighy architetti" 02 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/249566/casa-ceschi-traverso-vighy> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.